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What’s New in Utah: Sundance, Winter hotel openings and more!

November 15, 2019 Visit USA No Comments Email Email

Winter in Southern Utah is Peak Season

Winter is the new “peak” season to visit Southern Utah. Home to Utah’s Mighty 5® national parks, visitors will feel they have the renowned red rock peaks, hoodoos, slot canyons and other geological wonders to themselves. Brian Head Resort in Cedar City is the only ski resort in Utah where skiers and snowboarders can see red rock while hitting the slopes. St. George, located less than a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, is the warmest destination in Utah boasting 12 golf courses and the Red Rock Golf Trail. New hotels, including Iron Springs Adventure Resort (Cedar City), The Advenire, Autograph Collection (St. George) and Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile (Kanab) have all opened in time for Canadian snowbirds looking to travel south this winter.

Secret Side of Sundance

Psst! When the spotlight shines on Park City for the annual Sundance Film Festival (January 23-February 2, 2020), the best kept secret in Utah is it’s a great time for skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes and experience the Greatest Snow on Earth®. While most visitors are focused on film, Utah’s 15 ski resorts are quiet. Base yourself in Salt Lake City – commonly referred to as Ski City because of the four ski resorts (Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude) within a half hour of downtown in addition to Park City. Or, consider the Heber Valley – located 15 min. from Park City and 15 min. from Sundance, Deer Valley straddles the Heber Valley and highway access from Salt Lake City International Airport provides direct access to the first lift in 40 min.

How to Utah: Marble Canyon Loop

There is still time to visit the Grand Canyon before the end of its centennial year, including a U.S. National Park Service entrance fee-free day on November 11th. After December 1st, the Marble Canyon Loop from Kanab, Utah offers an alternative sightseeing route when the North Rim of the Grand Canyon closes its gates for the winter. This three-hour road trip travels 305 km (190 mi.) of isolated Highway 89A through Utah and Arizona and offers numerous scenic sights, including a driving and walking bridge across the beginning of the Grand Canyon. Gas up, pack a picnic and your hiking boots, and make a day of exploring the Marble Canyon Loop with stops at Kaibab Forest, Vermillion Cliffs, Navajo Bridge, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Toadstools and Grand Staircase, then back to Kanab for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Issued by the Utah Office of Tourism Australia / New Zealand Press Office.
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